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Hukou Changes and Subjective Well-Being

Max Tani

No 9451, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: The literature on subjective well-being has highlighted the negative effects associated with the restrictions and inequality imposed by the hukou system on China's rural population. However, quantifying the cost of holding a rural hukou has generally been problematic, principally for lack of suitable data or measurements. Thanks to RUMiC, a new longitudinal database on China, this limitation can be overcome by exploiting exogenous changes in hukou status due to expropriation. The results support that granting an urban hukou substantially enhances subjective well-being within the household, especially for the household heads. The results complement a growing literature on subjective well-being focusing on China.

Keywords: expropriation; subjective well-being; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D19 H13 I31 J61 R20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna, nep-hap and nep-tra
Date: 2015-10
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Published in: Social Indicators Research, 2017, 132 (1), 47-61

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